California prisons undersecretary arrested for DUI |

California prisons undersecretary arrested for DUI

SACRAMENTO – The undersecretary who oversees California parolees and adult and juvenile prisons has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while in a state vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol stopped 47-year-old Scott Kernan for speeding shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday near Rancho Murieta, the rural Sacramento County community where he lives. Officer Michael Bradley said Kernan’s blood alcohol level exceeded 0.08, the legal limit.

The CHP would not release the precise level.

Corrections department spokesman Seth Unger says Kernan is on personal leave awaiting discipline, which could range from a suspension to the loss of his job. He says it is unclear if Kernan was on state business when he was arrested.

Kernan called Corrections Secretary Matthew Cate and “expressed remorse for his actions,” Unger said Wednesday. He said Kernan would have no further comment.

The official is free on $1,480 bail and is awaiting a July 16 arraignment.

Kernan was appointed as one of three undersecretaries in the corrections department in November 2008.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User